The College of Health and Human Services offers a bachelor of science in nursing (BSN) for traditional students and an RN to BSN for post-traditional students. BGSU is committed to continuing a 45+ year tradition of graduating nurses for the region and beyond.

Once you complete the BSN degree, you are eligible to take the licensing examination to become a registered nurse and to pursue graduate studies in nursing. If you have an associate degree in nursing or earned a diploma, you may consider the online RN-BSN completion degree. You also have additional career choices through the Health Science major if you decide you would like to pursue a different focus in health care.

Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of the baccalaureate degree, students in Nursing are expected to:

  • Design holistic nursing care with individuals, families, groups, and communities based on Orem's Self-Care Deficit Theory of Nursing;
  • Provide competent, culturally sensitive nursing care in a diversity of settings;
  • Use skills of critical thinking in the application of theory and research findings from nursing, other sciences, and the humanities as a basis for clinical judgments and scholarly endeavors;
  • Develop person-centered, therapeutic relationships with a commitment to individuals as unique self-determining agents;
  • Demonstrate effective communication skills (verbal, nonverbal, written, and computer-based);
  • Demonstrate consistent professional behavior;
  • Collaborate with patients, families, health care providers, and others in the provision of care;
  • Integrate principles of leadership and management in the provision and coordination of care;
  • Demonstrate self-direction in learning and professional development.

Accreditation and/or Program/Cluster Review

Bowling Green State University [BGSU] is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission.  BGSU has been accredited by the Higher Learning Commission since 01/01/1916. The most recent reaffirmation of accreditation was received in 2012 - 2013. Questions should be directed to the Office of Institutional Effectiveness.

The consortium of The University of Toledo and Bowling Green State University are accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education and has provisional approval of the Ohio Board of Nursing (CCNE). For more information, click here.   

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Professional Licensure (If applicable)

Bowling Green State University programs leading to licensure, certification and/or endorsement, whether delivered online, face-to-face or in a blended format, satisfy the academic requirements for those credentials set forth by the State of Ohio.

Requirements for licensure, certification and/or endorsement eligibility vary greatly from one profession to another and from state to state. The Nursing program leads to professional licensure. For more information, click here.

Gainful Employment (If applicable)

Under the Higher Education Act Title IV disclosure requirements, an institution must provide current and prospective students with information about each of its programs that prepares students for gainful employment in a recognized occupation.

The Nursing program is not a recognized occupation that requires a Gainful Employment disclosure.


The Nursing program offers two tracks to obtain a bachelor of science in nursing degree:

  • BSN for students entering the nursing profession;
  • RN/BSN for students who are associate degree or diploma graduates and have current unencumbered license as a registered nurse.